August 30, 2020 Pat Lamanna, Sharleen Leahey, Diane Doolittle, and Richard Mattocks present their original and historic songs to celebrate the history of women’s struggles and achievements, the women’s right to vote, and the importance of this year of UUtheVote. Pat an Sharleen have been performing together as the Herstorians since 2017. They have performed their show “Songs and Stories to Celebrate Woman’s Suffrage” for historical societies, libraries and women’s organizations throughout NY, NJ, VA, and PA. Pat and Richard are members of the UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, NY.
August 23, 2020 Beth Styles, producer, composer, founder of the New World Chorus (Stamford’s Interfaith Choir), and former Music Ministry Director of MCC New Haven presents a unique musical & meditative journey. Through the years, Beth has created several events that bring people together from many backgrounds. One such program is “The Shabbat Experience”, which focuses on giving all of us an opportunity to “pause”, and breathe in the light and allow ourselves to take in the blessings of all we accomplished over the course of the past week.
August 16, 2020
Our Minister Emeritus, Rev Greg Chute, reflects on how the current Pandemic and current affairs have affected him, his family, and the world.
August 9, 2020
Our relationship with our egos is one of the most important, least spoken about relationships in our world. This is the key to self-confidence, humility, and the ways in which we engage change, learning, and growth. Let’s have a proper think about how this functions and how each one of us is doing with regard to nurturing this unavoidable relationship.
August 2, 2020 “Liberation Theology” originated in Latin America (ca. 1950s and 60s) from theologians concerned with the social plight of the poor. It revolutionized theological discourse in the global Christian church. But, it hasn’t stopped there. Since then, various strains of liberation theologies have emerged in multiple traditions that build on the common foundation of liberation theology (which flips the perspectives from which we think about the most important things in life). Today, liberation thea/ologies include those traditional LA roots, as well as theological reflections from feminist, womanist, indigenous, queer, post-colonial, disability, and many other perspectives. Let’s begin to explore how some of these ideas might help us think more broadly about praxis-based spirituality.
July 26, 2020 Members of our congregation who attended the UU General Assembly online in June, will share their reflections on what spoke to their hearts from the theme Rooted, Inspired & Ready!
July 19, 2020 We reflect on some ideas from Religious Historian and Scholar, Karen Armstrong’s book 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, which suggests that “compassion” is a uniting thread in all major religions that may offer us our greatest tool for positively changing the world. We live amidst such rampant divisiveness and polarity that we desperately need something that can allow us to come together for common good. Compassion may be the source of that power for transformation, personally, communally, and globally.
July 12, 2020 Some of us at UUCD read the UUA’s “Common Read” for 2019-20, The Indigenous People’s History of the United States. This book was revelatory to many of us and we wanted to share our reactions. General Assembly featured information from the author, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and native voices. In this service, we re-examine the myth of America’s origins and modus operandi, reflections from the readers, and discuss what we can do to support native peoples.
July 5, 2020 In the US, we celebrate July 4 as Independence Day, which can be fantastic. At the same time, this can easily turn into a non-productive, even toxic form, of Nationalism. Every day we see the evidence that we are an interdependent people. What happens in Bangladesh has an impact on what happens in Baltimore. What we do in Dover creates ripples in Denver and Damascus. We are a people who live in a symbiosis. Let’s think about what it means to be “human” or “earthlings” rather than various parties or countries.
June 21, 2020 UUCD is recognized as a “Welcoming Congregation” by the UUA. Our special guest, Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman, talks to us about Trans* and non-binary issues, why these matter, and how this is integral to who we are as those who want to be “Welcoming.”
June 14, 2020 We honor Father’s Day and also think about some of the most relevant questions on our minds. The primary focus is “What Now?” It seems this volatile, uncertain, complicated, and ambiguous (VUCA) world has gotten even more so. The pandemics of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism in the US have taken center stage as we all try to figure out what it means to move into a better future together.
May 31, 2020. We focus on the First Principle of Unitarian Universalism, our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, through affirming the LGBTQ+ community. We celebrate the progress towards equality that has been made in society AND honor the reality that many people are still marginalized and oppressed because of their sexuality or gender identity. We affirm our commitment to being a welcoming congregation, and to working for sex/gender justice. Several members of our own UUCD Community share personal reflections, and the gifts they have to offer the world because of their LGBTQ+ identity/experience.
September 15, 2019 This is Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos’ first sermon at UUCD. Her’ theme is “Journey.” As this was an introduction and “get to know you,” it contains bits of her spiritual autobiography.